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Kent Beck's Guide to Better Smalltalk: A Sorted Collection [Paperback]

Kent Beck
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Dec 28 1998 0521644372 978-0521644372
In this book, Smalltalk pioneer and guru, Kent Beck, weaves together a collection of his "landmark" articles from leading IT trade journals--The Smalltalk Report, JOOP, and Object Magazine. Written for Smalltalk programmers, this book is designed to help readers become more effective Smalltalk developers and object technology users. It is filled with insider tips, advanced techniques, and proven strategies on getting the most out of the Smalltalk language. Some specific topics covered are patterns, garbage collection, the use of CRC cards, and much more.

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"Kent Beck can pack more practical experience into one pithy maxim than most writers can do in a whole page." --James Rumbaugh

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2.0 out of 5 stars Too many typos Nov. 3 1999
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Format:Paperback
Kent Beck is a wonderful writer and has many good points to make in this book, but I can't recommend spending money on it unless the publisher produces a new edition correcting its hundreds of errors. Pages appear in the wrong order, parts of paragraphs are randomly duplicated, code samples are formatted incorrectly and nearly unreadable, and words appear in the wrong typeface making it difficult to distinguish identifiers from prose. Many of the articles appear to have been scanned in using OCR software and not subsequently proofread, or possibly proofread by someone who didn't understand the content. The lack of quality control is simply appalling.
Better organization of the material would also have been helpful. The "Sorted Collection" is sorted by date only. This may be useful to those interested in tracing the recent history of Smalltalk, but not to those wanting to learn most efficiently.
Much of the material in this book is better and more thoroughly presented in Beck's other books. At best, this book can be seen as a haphazard introduction to Beck's ideas that will spur some programmers to learn more about Smalltalk, object-oriented design and Extreme Programming.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent journey of Smalltalk philosophy Jan. 22 2000
Format:Paperback
This book is quite distinct from Beck's other works in that it provides the reader an intellectual journey: through the reprinted articles, you can see the evolution of Kent's writing style, the beginnings of the "design patterns" movement, and the ever changing opinions about what to do / what not to do with Smalltalk.
There are many classic papers in this work, such as the original CRC-cards paper, and aptly-titled pieces such as "Death to Case Statements!". The code examples are clear and easy to read, and I found the chronological ordering of the papers to be appealing.
This book is not just for Smalltalkers - it's for anyone with an interest in object orientation: patterns, idioms, and philosophy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too many typos Nov. 3 1999
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Kent Beck is a wonderful writer and has many good points to make in this book, but I can't recommend spending money on it unless the publisher produces a new edition correcting its hundreds of errors. Pages appear in the wrong order, parts of paragraphs are randomly duplicated, code samples are formatted incorrectly and nearly unreadable, and words appear in the wrong typeface making it difficult to distinguish identifiers from prose. Many of the articles appear to have been scanned in using OCR software and not subsequently proofread, or possibly proofread by someone who didn't understand the content. The lack of quality control is simply appalling.
Better organization of the material would also have been helpful. The "Sorted Collection" is sorted by date only. This may be useful to those interested in tracing the recent history of Smalltalk, but not to those wanting to learn most efficiently.
Much of the material in this book is better and more thoroughly presented in Beck's other books. At best, this book can be seen as a haphazard introduction to Beck's ideas that will spur some programmers to learn more about Smalltalk, object-oriented design and Extreme Programming.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent journey of Smalltalk philosophy Jan. 22 2000
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Format:Paperback
This book is quite distinct from Beck's other works in that it provides the reader an intellectual journey: through the reprinted articles, you can see the evolution of Kent's writing style, the beginnings of the "design patterns" movement, and the ever changing opinions about what to do / what not to do with Smalltalk.
There are many classic papers in this work, such as the original CRC-cards paper, and aptly-titled pieces such as "Death to Case Statements!". The code examples are clear and easy to read, and I found the chronological ordering of the papers to be appealing.
This book is not just for Smalltalkers - it's for anyone with an interest in object orientation: patterns, idioms, and philosophy.
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